Morning Briefing: Battle For the NL East Cellar Continues

Good Morning! Today, Jacob deGrom will get the ball at 4 p.m. to face the Marlins. Last night, Corey Oswalt struggled after starting on short notice. Oswalt pitched because deGrom had a family matter to address.

Speaking of deGrom…

Latest Mets News

Brian Cashman held a press conference where he said he has spoken to his “good friend,” Omar Minaya, about a trade. Cashman mentioned dangling Clint Frazier in the same presser. He also said the teams spoke before Sandy Alderson went away from the team.

I think it’s clear that he wants deGrom and he is willing to forgo the Yankees-Mets tension (see last year with Bruce, Walker and Duda) to make the deal. Last time he made a trade with a good friend, he got Giancarlo Stanton.

Zack Wheeler has been drawing some trade interest per James Wagner of the New York Times. Wheeler is throwing 99 and has been as good as ever. I think the Mets will look long and hard at moving him especially since his contract is up next year.

Tim Tebow made the All-Star game in Double-A. Another interesting pitcher who made the All-Star team: Daniel Zamora. He has a 1.82 FIP out of the bullpen in Binghamton. He’s also a Long Island Lefty.

Seth Lugo is moving back to the bullpen.

Stephen Nogosek is moving to Binghamton while Ali Sanchez moved to St. Lucie. Sanchez has seemingly been in Columbia for a while now and Nogosek came over in the Addison Reed deal.

Betsy Helfand of the Las Vegas Review writes about Peter Alonso‘s rise to the No. 2 prospect of the Mets.

Latest MLB News

Baseball Prospectus writes about the Athletics and Moneyball.

The NY Times writes that the Yankees and Angels are the only two teams never to hold a pride event.

Zac Curtis wrote about his journey to the big leagues in the Athletic.

Chris Cotillo reports that Triston Casas will undergo thumb surgery and miss the rest of 2018. He was their first round pick.

Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic reports that Chris Bosio was fired for using racial slurs towards a clubhouse attendant.

Latest NL East News

Gabriel Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes about the Braves grueling 10 game stretch.

Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post writes that the Nationals will honor Jayson Werth in September.

The Phillies have discussed a deal for Mike Moustakas.

Latest on MMO

Mike Mayer writes about Wilmer Flores succeeding in June.

This Day in Mets History

2000: Mike Piazza hits a three-run homer to cap a 10-run inning for the Mets against the Braves.

Birthdays: Chan Ho Park turns 45, Tony Fernandez turns 55, Ron Swoboda turns 74.

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I became a Mets fan in the 2008 season. Since the Alderson regime, I've embraced saber-metrics and advanced stats to back up my eye tests.